According to Polygon, Activision has paid ex-Infinity Ward developers in the Infinity Ward Employee Group $42 million, but this is not a settlement of the ongoing employment lawsuit between Infinity Ward founders (and Modern Warfare creators) Jason West and Vince Zampella, EA and Activison.
The $42 million payment was offered during the discovery phase of the larger trial. Activision reportedly decided that the gathered evidence didn't implicate the Infinity Ward Employee Group, so a decision was made to pay them what Activision believes they are owed. The $42 million figure includes ten percent interest and is in addition to $22 million already paid for the promised first quarter launch bonus.
"I can also tell you that although it is a meaningful payment it is only a small portion of what we are seeking in litigation," Isaacs said. "It is outrageous that they made us wait, they obviously knew they owed the money and this just shows that they breached the contract."
Isaacs says the case will go forward. "We are seeking all kinds of bonuses per the contract. This payment relates to one particular game and one particular time period and one particular bonus."
If you want to read up on the lawsuit, you can catch up with all of our Fall of Duty stories, but here's the short version:
- After an internal investigation that turned up alleged violations of insubordination and breaches of contract, Activision terminated West and Zampella.
- West and Zampella filed suit, claiming that their wrongful termination cost them over a hundred million dollars in CoD royalties. Activision counter sued the pair, painting a picture of the duo being "Motivated by envy and personal greed..."
- Additionally, Activision added Electronic Arts as a co-defendant to their counter-suit, claiming $400 million dollars in damages due to alleged tampering by EA's top executives.
- In March, Activision was found to have had sufficient claims against Electronic Arts for the company to be added to the suit.
A trial on all remaining claims is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Get your popcorn ready. We'll be bringing you coverage here on G4tv.com.